ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- To celebrate the sweet holiday of National Donut Day, the Salvation Army of Winnebago County hosted its first-ever donut eating contest.
Contestants put their sweet tooths to the test by attempting to eat as many donuts as they possibly could within five minutes. The winner took home the plaque as the 2019 donut-eating champion.
Contestants were also asked to raise funds for the Salvation Army leading up to the big contest. All funds will be used to fight hunger in Winnebago County.
"The Salvation Army was in the trenches in World War 1 and 2 serving donuts to our service men raising awareness of the history of an organization like the Salvation Army, but more importantly meeting todays needs of the community which is really what this is all about," said Major Mark Martsolf from the Salvation Army of Winnebago County.
The contest raised more than $350 for the Salvation Army’s Friday Night Patrol, providing food and hygiene products for the homeless.